Throughout the next few weeks, SGB will be highlighting our 2016 40 Under 40 Award Honorees.

Brian Beckstead | Co-Founder, Vice President of Sales | Altra
Age 35 | 18 Years in the Industry

Having started at age 16 in an independent run specialty store, running has been at the core of Brian’s experience. His competitive drive and passion for running has led him to more than 50 ultramarathons worldwide including the 106-mile Ultra-Trail Mt Fuji and the 105-mile Ultra-Trail
du Mt. Blanc. His passion, enthusiasm, and experience has spearheaded the growth and culture at Altra where he has helped form the unique components of what has made the company successful.

EDUCATION & DEGREE(S) ACHIEVED: BS, Exercise Science & Outdoor Recreational Management, Utah Valley University

BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT TO DATE: Altra of course! I’m not sure which is bigger, getting Altra off the ground or making it successful over the years, but I’m immensely proud of my efforts on both fronts.

BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU’VE OVERCOME: Funding and acquisition. Getting someone to buy into your concept for investment, particularly with the economy in 2009/10, was very hard. Then merging various beliefs into building a successful company.

WHAT OR WHO HAS ENABLED YOU TO BECOME SUCCESSFUL: Altra’s initial angel investor. He is the silent partner that without his help Altra wouldn’t exist. He has given me amazing and crucial advice.

WHAT DO YOU WOULD WANT YOUR LEGACY TO BE: Inspiration, creativity and effort. I think when you have a great idea and put forth maximum effort then you can accomplish so much in life. I hope to inspire others to take a few risks. And when you get some runway, push hard and take full advantage.

BIGGEST LIFE LESSON: Persistence and positivity pay off! Even when everything seems lost and doomed, keep your head up and push forward.

I COULDN’T DO MY JOB WITHOUT: My wife. She has been a rock and an unsung hero in supporting me unconditionally from the start.


FAVORITE QUOTE: “Only those who will risk going too far can know how far one can go.” – TS Elliott